Russian leader Putin urges NATO to become “political organization” –



Russian President Vladimir Putin (background C) watches a parade as he visits the 201st Russian military base in Tajikistan, October 5, 2012. EPA / BGNES

In his latest criticism of the North Atlantic Alliance, Russian president Vladimir Poutine described NATO as a return to the Cold War time.

Speaking Friday at Tajikistanthe capital Dushanbe, Putin said NATO should be transformed into a “political organization” as soon as possible in order to get rid of its alleged Cold War nature.

“It is incomprehensible why he is still there,” Putin said, adding that Russia would like to NATO stay within the limits of its statutory activity and not aim for global status, as quoted by RIA Novosti.

Russia has been and will continue to be concerned about NATO expansion, Putin told Russian border troops stationed in the central Asian state of Tajikistan.

“Talking is one thing, but the deployment of certain attack systems or missile defense near our borders is a whole different matter, ”he said.

“This represents real threats to our territory. Needless to say that in this case, we will have to build our defense policy accordingly in order to neutralize these threats,” said the Russian leader, apparently referring to the NATO plans for the deployment of a missile defense system in Europe which has been the subject of tension for several years.

Friday, Russia had Tajikistan to agree to extend the lease of a military base by 30 years, until 2042, which, according to analysts, means that Russia will be heavily involved in the “stabilization” of Central Asia in the future.


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